Continuing on from “The Cards Never Lie”, Nick is now requested to have dinner with the Fortune Teller as payment for her services. But is he to be the main course? Read on and see.
Scene setting – Nick’s chambers
Written with SA.
RB: -They say the eyes are the windows to our soul. But with the Fortune teller’s eyes being masked by the black bandanna and her in her own words being told that she was without sight, it was hard to read what the woman was thinking as she lifted the last card. The card for the reader only; not the Vampire. For a moment, the woman sat motionless. If she could stare at the card, she would. In her mind’s eye she was. Nick was oblivious to what the importance of this last card was, but for a woman who had been all too eager to explain each card in turn, her body language projected that this card was not one that she wished to divulge about. The silence between the two became almost deafening. Nick’s brow creased and he tilted his head slightly as though being on the edge of his seat for what she was about to say. Then…it happened. The woman simply snapped out of whatever hold the card had over her and she resumed speaking as though nothing had happened. Changes occurred to the table however. The black symbol that had been crafted from what must have been her own blood simply faded away, the timber looking as though it had before. Nick was unaware of the importance of what this meant. She had withdrawn the pact. Again, she reminded Nick that the cards never lie. “So you keep saying, Ma’am.” Now, it was time for the price. Nick had willingly agreed to pay the price that the woman asked, and so he waited in readiness for her word. He would of course oblige her. He was a man of honour, regardless of what others thought of him. His word was his bond. “Dinner..” Did he hear her correctly? “Dinner?” he repeated what she had said, questioningly. It was unexpected, to say the least. Pausing for a moment, Nick nodded. “I can’t imagine what a woman of your standing would have a taste for, but if the price is dinner, than that is what you shall have.” Nick pushed himself up and swung his leg off the chair, turning it around so that he may place it back normally. –
SA: It was as if it never happened, the entire Reading she previously performed, as each trace of it vanished: The timber regained its natural carvings in the wood, with no trace of black lines from the little droplet of blood as even her palm seemed to be missing the scar created only minutes ago. The cards turned back to being blank as she one-handedly shuffled them once more, in quite the bored manner, the Reader herself taking a more casual stature upon her seating, leaning back in her chair. Though the deck was back to normal, whatever she used as vision kept darting to one card only, each time it popped up from the deck in its shuffle. “You can keep that.” She pointed lightly to the card that was still on his side of the table. Strength, the card which assumingly represented him. “It’s yours. Keep it, even if just as a reminder of this encounter. Or just as a reflection – This card is your mirror, after all.” As she explained, her attention darted once more to her own card, one which she did not reveal to others, before eventually placing it back with the rest. His confusion only brought a bit of her own, snow white brow quirking lightly. “What? I told you my price is something idealistic… There is a lot more you can gain from a dinner invitation than a simple material prize. What did you think it was? Souls?” To that, she couldn’t help but grin – a Cheshire-like spread grin across alabaster features which only created such a heavy contrast, between the delicate features of the femme and the brutality of the sardonic grin. Souls were… a different story for her.
RB: -Nick wasn’t expecting to be given the card that she had dealt him. The first card in fact; the one of strength. The vampire reached across and prized it off the desk with a flick of his fingers – holding it and turning it to see that the imagery was still there. Nick graciously nodded and placed the card safely into his jacket pocket, patting the flap down to seal it in. “Thank you…uhm, I don’t believe I caught your name, Miss.” Nick felt that since he had agreed to her terms of payment, that it would be fitting if he knew just how to address her. Nick had showed intrigue in his expression, rather than some sort of amusement. He did tend to take things seriously, when it came to payment of a deal. Nick rested his hands on the back of the chair in which he sat, his fingers strumming the wood almost as though he was placing his fingers on the keyboard of a piano. Sharp black fingernails, if one was to notice. Hearing the fortune teller say that there was more to be gained from a simple dinner invitation than an item of value or net worth. The mention of souls had Nick actually scoff. Was that a little premature on his part? Probably. But with her Cheshire cat like grin, he began to wonder if she was being half serious. Glancing about, Nick then said. “I don’t think the kitchens in the castle would be operating at this hour. Did you have a certain place in mind?” Nick was not actually knowledgeable of the area, and perhaps the Fortune teller had her own secret place to dine. –
SA: “Sophia” She muttered that one single word out, with her own uncertainty, as if it was unclear to her whether or not it was her name. The creature did not remember her real name, amnesia taking its toll upon the femme’s former life as most of it stood under the sigil of memory loss, a perpetual fog dwelling in the depths of her mind. She’d only remember her given name, the one ~he~ gave her, the moment she was reborn, although still unsure if she should consider it a Rebirth. “My name is Sophia.” It had to be repeated, for her own sake, really, to make sure she, herself, grasped it entirely. “I don’t believe I got yours, either.” – Not that she’d really care for one, usually names only overly complicated her doings and yet, he got this far as to gain a Dinner invitation from the Blind Fortune Teller to which, in her mind amounted for the worth of knowing his name. Eventually, she’d rise from her seat making sure there was no fickle of dust on her attire, walking only to circle the table (and him) like the little Predator she was, always playing. She reached up, placing her hands on the back of ~his~ chair, leaning her body in to hover her head just merely an inch from his shoulder. “I have a place… Wear something nice.” In a teasing tone, she whispered out before each trace of ~her~ as well as her doings simply vanished in thin air, like it all would’ve been characteristically to a simple dream. Or, a nightmare, depending how he’d see it.
RB: -The fortune teller gave up her name, though for some reason she felt the need to say it twice. “Sophia…the perfect name for you, it seems.” Nick knew that the Greek meaning of the name was Wisdom. The vampire was now ready to formally introduce himself. “Savage, Nick Savage.” His name rolled off the tongue, and as he said it, he did a little bow from the waist. So now they were on a first name basis, and about to embark on a dinner date of sorts. Though he was unsure of just when or where that would take place. The woman rounded the table after standing, only to come around behind him. His head followed her movement till he watched her place her hands on the back of the chair that he had been sitting in. She had a place all worked out, but she stipulated that he had to wear something nice. “I think I have something that would fit the bill, Sophia.” There, he actually used her name. But as he was about to turn and face her, the woman simply vanished into thin air. Nick froze and then glanced about him, searching the room for her. She was gone. “Right…guess she didn’t need to use the door.” The vampire shrugged his shoulders lightly, and straightened his stance, before leaving the Queen’s royal court room. He had a chamber that was down in the bowels of the castle where few dared enter. Striding down the long hallway, he stopped and pressed his hand to the door to open it, before waltzing in – the door closing behind him by itself ~What to wear?~ the vampire asked of himself in his mind. Going to a large chest that was covered in dust and cobwebs, he kicked it open and started to rummage through the clothing he had acquired over the centuries. He went with something nostalgic. A Black suit with black shirt, matching tie and scarf. He already had boots, so why change those. When he had dressed into the suit for dinner, used his fingers to rake his hair back. It fell forward again, rebelling against his attempts for it to be what would be called neat. Now, all he had to do was wait….-
SA: And there, there was Darkness. A perpetual state of darkness, where nothing else but it lingered, like somebody instantly flicking the switch over to let all the lights turn off as illusions took the place of everything surrounding him – Molded the earth itself to their own will as if warping his surroundings. A force that was namely otherwordly, one that could almost be able to cast shadows where there were none, but Darkness. And from the Void, everything created itself, like a Big Bang, in which illusions eventually settled into material grasp, tangible once more for the man and yet so, so very intangible. It would’ve been hard to distinguish illusion from reality at this point, a point where there were both existing at the same time and yet, none at all. One could almost call it a dream, a place where nothing was at it seemed to be and yet it created a visage of nature, the miasma of sweet red roses lingering in the air, a place surrounded by water. The Reader’s special hiding spot actually looked like something pulled out from a gothic fairytale, the romantic touch lingering softly around his surroundings; a small breeze carried the echoing words which escaped the woman, soon finding her place behind him, waiting until he’d turn back. “Welcome.” And when he’d turn? He’d be welcomed with a completely new sight, a new glance of the woman he previously encountered. There was white. A contrast between what she wore when they met and what she had on now – A long white dress, fitted to envelop her curves beautifully and to let the prominent bones even stick out a little. She was no beauty by society standards – A tall woman, almost grotesquely anorexic in built, as those snow white tresses were pulled back in a simple bun, away from alabaster features. Skin stark white pale, completing the visage, letting a reverse snake necklace dangle at her back, to complete the look. There was a simple detail, still present. The mask, always hiding her optics from vision of others, as if protecting them from view. There was no smile, but a simple small smirk, awaiting his turn.
RB: You could never say that the following turn of events were expected. One moment, Nick was standing alone in his chambers – messing about with his wayward hair, the next he was in a place that could be best described as a gothic romantic setting. Water that was the colour of the night sky, sparkling with the reflection of the stars. The hint of crushed rose petals – their scent enveloping him as the breezed picked up and made the leaves at his feet dance all about him. He would need to smack himself twice to see if he was actually awake or not. So fanciful, that it had to be a dream surely. For a minute, he believed it was caused by a bad blood batch. Nick reached for his sleeve cuffs and gave them both a pull slowly, as though he couldn’t simply stand still. Was he uncomfortable about how this visage came to be? All he knew was that he didn’t cause it. Also, this is the last place he could ever dream up in his imagination. No, this had a woman’s touch. And that woman welcomed him with just one word. Nick turned around to find that his hostess had also arrived, or she had been waiting for him. Dressed in all white, which matched her long tresses, she was a vision to behold. The dress doing well to embrace her figure – hugging so close that bone were clearly visible. Her face was adorned with the black bandanna, just as it had been before. It was more than just a fashion accessory, for he had never seen her without it. Nick stepped off to walk towards her, only stopping just shy so that he may bow politely. Forever the gentleman; regardless of the circumstances. “Sophia.” Nick straightened to full height, before adding. “You look radiant this eve. White is your colour.” –
SA: She bowed, in return. It was elegant, one hand reaching for her dress to lift it up by the hem only to gracefully bend at the waist, following his. It was then, when she bowed, that a glimpse of blue could be caught beneath the black mask, as it slipped just half an inch along her face before a gloved limb came up to fix it back in place, making sure the accident would not happen again. It was almost paranoia, which guided those long, slender digits to the mask, as one could even take her to be surprised, almost angry at the little slip. “Quite the Silver tongue, you are…” She remarked, up to his flattery of her, a grin playing on her lips, those scarlet red petals curling upwards gently. “I am sorry for kidnapping you on such a short notice… I believed you would’ve been done preparing by the time I was..” It would’ve taken him by surprise, then, when she soon turned around, her back coming to face him as the Mandalla tattoo was placed between her shoulder blades, at the top of her back. The ironic symbolization of the Flower of Life. “Could you help me, please…?” She murmured out as both her hands held onto the ends of her mask, which seemed to be unknotted, asking his help to tie it back over her optics. A test of trust – For he could choose to remove it altogether and leave her without it… or choose to help her tie it back. When he’d approach, he’d take in her scent, even more than their previous encounter. An almost intoxicant sweet scent, so very hypnotic, used to mask what lied beyond it. And when he’d touch her? The flesh on flesh contact would’ve been met with cold, like touching dry ice in the middle of winter, despite that alabaster skin being feather soft, velvet to the touch, and the color of marble glowing in the moonlight-
RB: In a world far away from this one and in another time, there was a man known as Nick Savage. He was always known to be a gentleman, well before he fell to the charms of a woman that saw to end his human existence. But one thing about him, he never changed the way in which he would treat a woman. That was very much a part of his makeup, something that you simply could not erase. Though there would be those that tried his patience, he managed to contain any negative feelings deep down were none could see. Sophia had his full attention now, and this was when she had a minor mishap with the black bandanna that covered her eyes. The fabric slipped just slightly, but it was enough to reveal what was the very hint of blue. Naturally, Nick tried not to show an abject curiosity, but he was more concerned about her by the way her hand was quick to move to put the fabric back to shield her eyes. The Vampire then beamed when Sophia called him a silver tongue for his compliment about her beauty. “You should know by now that I speak from the heart.” If there was one thing about her, he admired the way she recovered and held her own. It was admirable in his eyes. A chuckle escaped his lips when she apologized for kidnapping him. “Oh I wouldn’t call it kidnapping, Sophia. You can’t really say that if it was consensual. “ He wanted to be her guest, actually. It had given him something to look forward too. “Not every day I get to bring out the old tux.” He pulled on the lapels of his coat in a haughty gesture. His head tipping side to side, with his hair flopping about. It really was unruly at the worst of times. You could say it gave him a roguish air. When Sophia turned and asked if he could help her with the bandanna ties that had become unknotted, Nick stepped up and then reached out to take the ends as they were offered. Indeed it was loose, probably from when she made her bow. Delicately, with hands moving like he was conducting surgery, he carefully retied the fabric ties into a firm bow, that could still be pulled apart with some effort. It was however standing this close to her, that he was able to drink in her scent. Alluring as it was unusual. Nick could even say it was intoxicating. His fingers strayed to her hair, and as he lowered his hands, he couldn’t help but let the tips brush gently over her locks, before finally letting his arms fall to his sides. He whispered in a coarse voice – almost in husky. “That won’t come off again anytime soon, Sophia.”
SA: “You seem to enjoy saying my name now.” It was almost a mockery, a teasing whisper which escaped her lips as she turned around only to let his hands wander and touch the mask which held one of the secrets she kept most greatly hidden. It even brought a small flinch of her form, one nobody could actually predict from a woman like her, when they gripped both ends of the mask, allowing her own paranoia to seep in – In all honesty, she felt like running away, deep within; A weak spot of the woman, one of the many she rarely displayed. Lips parted to allow a small gasp to slither between them as they half opened, almost anticipating the moment he’d grip the mask off her optics – Because if you were confronted with a mystery, your first instinct would be trying to uncover it, no? And yet, it came as a surprise to feel the mask even tightening more against her scalp, secured over her optics as it should have been in the first place. He spoke from the heart… It was the reason why he was still here, indubitably so. Sophia’s outcome for the Readings was only suggested by the three questions she asked, ever changing for each customer, allowing them to make the final decision over their… Fate, one would call it. Destiny. Or maybe Chance. Whatever it was, those three questions brought him here, still breathing. When his fingers trailed through those snow-white tresses, gently caressing some stray hairs which escaped the neatly secured bun on the top of her head, her mind flooded with memories long forgotten – Blind people see beyond sight, their senses deeply provoked to their full potential, bringing a true synesthesia over this being, despite no longer having a living breath: The simple touch brought a wave of memories through her mind, ambushing her like waves crashing against rocks on the shore, nevertheless without considering that his wandering digits reached a sensitive spot on her body – A weak spot, one so powerful that it brought another gasp from her, this time more audible, like a faint echo carried by the wind: The nape of her neck. She didn’t turn to face him, yet – She only allowed her head to slowly rotate along her neck, offering a gaze beyond that black mask his way. “Thank you.”
RB: When you are standing before a woman who is as much a mystery as is what lays beneath the black bandanna, you tend to forget yourself. This is what happened to Nick as he tightened the binding of her bandanna and reassuring her that it would not come undone again. He did however let his fingers stray far longer than what was considered polite, but in doing so, Sophia reacted in a way that was unexpected. He was sure he heard it – that audible gasp. When was the last time a man had been so close to her and allowed the opportunity to touch her? Nick’s face showed a mixture of concern, and also a hint of satisfaction that he could even make a woman sound that way. It had been so long. He blinked away the thought from his mind when he captured sight of her head turning – just enough that he could see her cheek. She thanked him. The vampire’s eyes lowered till he saw the nape of her neck. As though sculptured by the very gods themselves. Delicate…and beautifully curved till it met her shoulder. Nick’s lips parted just slightly, and then remembering himself he closed it again and took a step back to allow her space to turn to face him. “It was nothing, Sophia.” There it was again. He had repeated her name. “Your name does so easily roll off the tongue.” Perhaps she would believe that this was all in his plans, to be gracious to a fault – but he knew no other way. “Should we have a stroll before dinner? Or would you rather gaze at the stars afterwards?” –
SA: “Whatever you prefer.” A blunt statement rolled along her own tongue now, coming as a response to his question, before fully turning to face him. Face to face, as that mask hugged and entrapped her mystery optics fully in black, allowing it to create such a contrast between it and the alabaster skin of those delicate, feminine features. Plump red lips plucking upwards at their corners to offer a small smirk, as if teasing, provoking him to make a decision. She held her ground – After all, if Nick would’ve realized it by now, he was on her territory, a territory created by her own powers, engulfed into a perpetual illusion of being, the mere existence of this place trapped in a lock of dimension. Reality, he never left his chambers and yet he could feel everything – Each small breeze through his raven colored strands, each rose petal falling on his shoulders, each scent carried by the wind, the miasma of the roses mixed with her intoxicant sweet scent, only to intensify the hypnosis. “I’ve invited you to Dinner, no? It’s your choice how you wish to start off… The night is ours.” She punctuated those last 4 words, so beautifully that her words would’ve created a hypnotic trance on their own, almost inquired of seduction. Soon, her body twisted around to walk by his side only to pass him by with a single small signal, letting the tips of her gloved digits slowly caress over the back of his hand as she turned, walking within the ruins of this room, passing the scarlet curtains. As she walked, she almost seemed to be floating, if not for the barely audible clicking of her heels against the concrete floor, her hips swaying in their own little dance with each step she took as her shoulder blades rolled slightly in her motion. He could see it, now – Her spine, somewhat protruding as each vertebra danced along the middle of her back, curving her shape into a flexible S-shape, rolling each time she turned her body to look back and see him – Hopefully following.
RB: Interesting as to the tone of her voice, for it did not match that beautifully yet disarming smile. Face to face, he was again caught off guard by the way that the mask only accentuated the subtle alabaster sheen of her skin. No other woman had skin like it, and the fact her lips were so full, so ripe as though they had been stung. Nick wondered what they would feel like if he were to nip at them – tug that bottom lip enough till he could release it and let it spring back. Oh she was a wicked one. The hint of that smile; only drawing him in further into what must be her web. Though he himself was a hunter of sorts, he had no doubt in his mind that she was an even greater predator. But who wants to live in the shadows and hide from the delights of what it was like to dance on the edge of sanity. Nick had no idea that this was all being projected by Sophia, controlled. From the very air, the rose petals, and the gentle curtains that swayed softly to the breeze that now lifted his own locks and teased them like invisible fingers. When Sophia finally answered his question, he hung on her every word. She had invited him to dinner, and it was now his choice as to how they may start this night off. ~The night is ours.~ Indeed it was. Nick exhaled a simple breath and watched as she turned to lead him away to another part of the floor that was concealed by sheer red curtains. As she passed he felt the touch of her fingers dance across the back of his hand. It was fleeting, but enough to get his attention to move along after her. But not before he watched her walk. It was not walking. She was gliding, though the sounds of her shoes did reach his ears. Nick started to follow, rolling his own shoulders back and walking with purpose – boldness in his stride and he was quick to catch her up. He was hungry….very hungry, but he wanted something more than just a meal. “As we have all night, I would like to ask you for a dance first.” This might have seemed out of the ordinary, but Nick was from another time. He held out his hand as though he wished to lead her out to an open space on the balcony.-
SA: A Predator. It was probably the most suitable word for her and yet she was after so much more. Spirits were vengeful on their own and her vengeance ran deep within – Boiled deep inside of her, so intense that it would make blood rush through her veins with the power of a tornado, twisting and twirling the depths of her soul until there was nothing left to bend, but the Void. There mere mention of Void, Darkness which enveloped her being over time, clouding whatever reason left and only letting the burning, searing desire of Vengeance seep in like a savage beast rattling its chains, wanting freedom. There were many names for what she was, many mentions of her: The Doll, the Rusalka, the Black Widow, the Siren, all of them correct and all of them wrong – She was more than met the eye, despite being Blind, in the first place. The Monster, disguised into the shape of primordial Sin. She didn’t have to turn to feel him following her and yet the invitation to a dance only made her body gently roll to offer a gaze over her shoulder, a small, seductive grin playing on her lips as she stepped forward to the other side of the room, on the balcony. And there, the beauty of this room actually came to stand tall: The Moonlight, shining over them, offering her alabaster skin a certain radiant glow. Her body leaned against the concrete balcony, bending gently at the waist just a little to let her arms support against the hard surface.
RB: There were no words spoken, not a yes or a no. Instead, Sophia merely glanced back at him over her shoulder as she continued out towards the balcony. Nick nodded with a hidden smile as he continued on after her, his hands now stuffing into his coat pockets, his shoulders hunching slightly. Almost like stalking her. Chasing beauty to the moon and back. As he made his way upward, only then did the moon’s rays truly illuminate Sophia’s skin. It was like she was herself a star. Bright and glowing in wake of the moon. The waters that were below shimmered in the offered light, and this only added to the magic of the setting that she had created. Nick was still lost as to what Sophia truly was, but it really didn’t matter to him. She had invited him to dinner, and though they had yet to feast on sweet morsels, he had already been privy to touch her tresses, granted permission to even tie her bandanna and smell her glorious scent. Was he now the fly caught in her gossamer threads? Maybe. But in a dance, it is the man that always leads. Nick approached her and with the roll of his wrist, he reached for her, encircling his right arm around her waist, in order to draw her body away from the balcony and up against him. His left hand moving to capture her left hand –interlocking his fingers within hers. “Shall we?” He asked, gazing down at the face that was now tattooed into his mind…-
SA: The tug on her form was a pleasant surprise, but a surprise, nonetheless, even for her seemingly lost in her own territory, gazing up at the moonlight. Soon, she found her back gently pressed against his chest, dragged away from the cold concrete only to have one of her hands gripped into his, the petite white limb ever so perfectly cradled by his larger one, almost completing each other. Her body turned so elegantly, reaching to face him one more while her right hand moved upwards. Tips of her soft, feather-like fingers trailed and caressed along his arm, before it locked around her waist, feeling his palm settling at her middle back, right where her spine curved so beautifully into that S-shape. Such a perfect fit to welcome his hand in that small little gap of her slender physique. Her digits kept trailing along his arm, from his wrist up to his elbow and his upper arm only to then slowly trace the line of his shoulder blade, dancing digits on their own before settling gracefully on his shoulder. A dance they will start, as the music began to play seemingly out of nowhere only anticipating for his first step, as their bodies barely brushed against each other once in awhile, making brief contact. Her, the woman in white, so cold to the touch that her skin could freeze anything it came in contact with, absorbing the heat from her surroundings, and him, the gentleman, ever so elegantly about to guide her in his dance. It was his turn, to play the Predator. It was his turn, to lead the stage as she positioned herself just right to easily be manoeuvred by him.
RB: Sophia gave no resistance towards the vampire’s attempt to bring her into hold. In fact, he could tell that she had danced before. His fingers curled around to lock in place with hers, and he marvelled in the fact her hand was so much smaller than his own. Delicate. His right hand now firmly placed to the base of her back, and he stood very much proud – like a peacock. His chin rising as the music began on the very first step taken. A waltz. A traditional dance that had been taught to him by his mother. Sophia was so incredibly light, that when the young Vampire spun her around in the dance, it was practically effortless. Her dress was sweeping the floor as they moved in perfect precision and in harmony with the music. Nick did feel however, the chill of coldness from the touch of his hands upon her, and though this sent a shiver through him, he carried on as though it didn’t bother him at all. They glided around the stone floor of the balcony, the backdrop now a blur in behind them as Nick kept up the pace. Only when the dance was coming to its end, did Nick look down at his dancing partner. The music slowing to a point, where Nick dipped Sophia back. In this hold he was hovering over her, and she was in the vulnerable position. On her back foot, you could say. Nick brought her up very slowly, and held her still as the music faded to nothing, and the night’s own chorus began again. The vampire’s breathing had quickened, and his eyes had changed to a very deep red.
SA: She did dance before, although the memory was mostly a blur, just like the vast majority of her former life, only being able to grasp some fickle visions of it. She did remember dancing, under the moonlight like she was now – And what a beautiful dance they carried, right now, one she allowed him to lead. Each step of hers was carefully calculated, though, even if he indeed was leading, her movements were only meant to entrance, engrasp her partner into a constant hypnosis. Her scent carried by the wind with each twirl and spin, the hem of her dress so gently swaying against the concrete as they moved with each other in perfect unison, harmony. There was a point, where she did something on her own, only to let him know it was still her territory to begin with – Removing her form from his grasp, she only came to spin, moving her body into a pirouette as her slender physique twirled in the air, like the start of a tornado, only to let her scent be carried by a sudden breeze, his way. She came back, soon after. In a way that was so sensual, erotic and yet only meant to entice and provoke him even further. She back into his grasp, in reverse, letting her back bump against his chest as her arms reached up, coiled around his neck into a nice soft grip, running fingers through the raven strands only to look up at him, parting her lips in anticipation until he’d twirl her back to face him. As the dance was ending, she allowed herself to move and lower down as he carried her, keeping her inches hovering above the ground as one of her legs came to arch upwards, loop around one of his, for apparent support. Moments passed like that – just a few moments which seemed like an eternity, staring into each other. Not into their eyes, but into each other, until he brought her up. She noticed his panting. The change of chromatics in his hues, which only brought her body to press against his, chest on chest as one hand curled to trail fingertips along that dress shirt of his. Not saying a word, letting the silence fall over them, as the only audible sound was the wind rustling through the rose bushes.
RB: Sophia knew how to dance, and well. In fact she mastered it in such a way, that before he knew what was happening, he found her spinning back so that she would come to be with her back to his chest, and her arm like that of a serpent – winding its way up his neck to only tussle with his wayward locks. His head motioned to move to the side, allowing her fingers better access. Oh he liked this. Though up till now he led the dance, Sophia had changed the pace and he was now finding himself moving to suit her. The ending would have her coil her leg around him as he supported her frame and back. This closeness only served to want more. It was why his breathing quickened, as the predator within him was now fully awake. The eyes were the tell tale sign, that she had stirred much more in him, and she had done it almost effortlessly. Only when the dance was truly at its end, did the pair stand so close that their chests were touching. Nick’s head bowed down, just inches from the top of hers. Sophia didn’t speak. She didn’t have too. The vampire could feel it…deep down. The lure was slowly dragging him in. Whether she meant to do it; or not. For the first time in a long time, he was lost for words. Muted by her beauty. The time for being a silver tongue was passed. He could write her a thousand sonatas and yet it would not be enough. She could see through false platitudes. All he had to offer her…was his smile. A genuine one.
SA: The dance was all it took – A dance where both body and spirit would come together, lacing with each other to create it, to create this perfect unison between them. A perfect collision of thought and feeling, giving emotion where there was none. And when it came to a halt, all that was left was the silence, as they stood there, facing each other. Her hand, still trailing along his chest as hers pressed against his, feeling how it heaved with every quickened breath he took, while, oddly enough, hers did not – For her, there was no breath to take, but only the cold marble pressed against his own flesh, yet delicate and soft, velvet to the touch. Eventually, her arm went around his neck again, as she leaned in – Tall, yet not as tall as him, having to lift her frame up for their cheeks to meet and the very tip of her lips to brush against his earlobe, to create a small whispered breath. “Take off my mask.” She said that, without departing from him, even resting her head so gently onto his shoulder, to the side, as her arms looped around his form, in a true serpent’s grip, waiting for him to undo his own bindings on the black fabric.
RB: There was no heat to Nick’s frame, but there was one thing to be said. Sophia was far colder than he was. As though she had taken all the heat out of her surroundings and chilled it within her form. Nick didn’t know what to do next. He just stood there, until that moment her hand began to move and press to his chest. He glanced downward and was almost about to bring his hand up to cover it, when she draped an arm around his neck and leaned in enough to have her head come to his shoulder – cheek to cheek. The gentle yet seductive whisper of her voice that met his ear. She wanted him to remove her mask. Now, Nick had seen the way her hand had moved so quick to move the bandanna back in place when it became loose earlier. She was bothered by it and she had asked him to tighten it again – which he did. Now, she wanted him to take it off. At first Nick’s brow creased as he tried to digest what she had asked. But something inside him, pushed him forwards. If this was what she wanted, then so be it. Regardless of what lay beneath. She had hidden it from view for a reason. That to which he did not know. Almost as though in a trance, he reached up behind her head, and felt for the loose tie that if pulled, would bring the bandanna undone. The vampire closed his eyes, and pulled the tie slowly till the fabric loosened enough to fall free from her face. All the while, he was caught in her hold. If this was all part of her plan for ‘dinner’ then there would be no escape.
SA: It felt like an eternity. The moment when her arms were around his form, tugging at the back of his coat as if tightly gripping onto it, to hold onto him for what was to come. The moment when his fingers gently slipped the bandana off her features, only to keep it settled in his hand as the fabric touched his digits – Soft, yet oddly constricting, like the mask itself was a living creature. An eternity, which only amounted for less than a couple of minutes, until she was bare, stripped of her mask and yet she didn’t move. As if hesitantly moving from his shoulder to face him once more, eyes closed, as lids slowly began to part, like awoken from a deep sleep. And there it was – Her eyes. The abnormal optics she hid so much, the optics which were not staring up into his crimsons. And they were brilliant. Bright azure, such an odd chromatic. Deep, like the vast waters which surrounded them and yet, the anomaly was that they lacked pupils, giving them such a full, strikingly blue shade, like crystal glass. She didn’t blink – He’d find that soon. Her eyes never blinked as though they weren’t normal eyes to begin with. The eyes of a Blind woman, so strikingly, brilliant blue now stared up at him.
RB : What was Nick expecting to be behind the black bandanna? He had earlier seen the odd sliver of blue, but nothing could prepare him for what she was about to reveal. Nick felt the fabric give way and slide down. He never let go of the end of the tie, but slowly drew it back so now her eyes and that part of her face would become exposed to the night…and him. He even held his breath as he felt her beginning to move back from him and this was when he saw what was Sophia’s true beauty. Hidden away from all, Sophia had just revealed the most brilliant azure eyes he had ever seen. These were striking, a shade of blue that was more dazzling than sapphires. The vampire simply couldn’t look away. “Sophia…” her name whispered as though he feared others might hear. Not that there was anyone else there. Nick reached up to cradle her cheek with his right hand, as though he didn’t want her to move. Why had she been hiding her eyes from the world? He could see that she didn’t blink and that the optics didn’t move. Sophia was blind, but she could see him. She could see inside of him. “You’re beautiful.”